September 20, 2018 - Literacy Is Not Just Reading
Mike PowersMike Powers, program manager of The Literacy Center, was our September 6th speaker. TLC Board member Don Brashears introduced Mike but first explained that The Literacy Center offers programs in Basic Literacy, Pre-GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Citizenship at their four locations. There are currently about 500 adult students. Recently there has been an influx of Venezuelan students to TLC, most who have advanced degrees but do not speak English.
The Literacy Center started some 46 years ago on Lady’s Island when it was discovered that many of the children were having reading and writing problems. In getting to know the children it was found that many of their parents also had the same literacy problems. Thus the Literacy Center was founded to help adults with basic reading and writing skills.
The Literacy Center has evolved over the years, going from teaching the basic 3 R’s to also teaching job skills. This includes civics and math, personal presentation of themselves, along with occupational training and career preparation.
August 2, 2018 - You're The Inspiration
Bob Laughlin, Joe Black & Hank NobleAt last week’s meeting, Andrea Siebold reminded the Club members that this year’s Rotary International theme is “Be the Inspiration” Following this theme, the Club decided to recognize three specific and exceptional members – each of whom has been a Rotarian for 40-plus years, and each of whom is a Paul Harris Fellow – and highlight what makes them so inspirational to the rest of us.
First up to speak was none other than Bob “Dr. Bob” Laughlin, a plastic surgeon by trade, who moved to the Island many years ago and established a new surgery practice here. Next to be honored was Dr. Joe Black, who was not present and, thus, not available to speak. Andrea explained that Joe, a former Eagle Scout who has been practicing medicine since 1963, and his wife, Kaye, have raised six children on the Island. Lastly, but not least, Hank Noble was invited up to speak. Hank reminded the members that he moved here in 1979 from Westchester, NY, and served as the principal of Hilton Head Middle School for 20 years.
July 12, 2018 - End of Rotary Year 2018
Karen CullyIt’s that time again! President Karen Cully presented a look back at our (just-ended) Rotary Year, highlighting our achievements and honoring those Officers, Directors, & members who made the year so great. (As it turns out, all of them did!)
Karen first reminded us that the theme for this Rotary Year was “Making a Difference”, and that we obviously did, given that our Club was named Large Club of the Year! While the revelers basked in the glow of a job well done, Karen singled out various Rotarians of particular merit, and their committee members.
June 28, 2018 - Saturday Night Fever
Kathi BatesonThe Our on Kathi Bateson, CEO of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, introduced some of the cast performing Saturday Night Fever for our Rotary Club last Thursday. The cast members did an excellent job singing a small taste of the songs that will be performed at the Arts Center. It’s time to get those bell bottom and your boogie shoes and enjoy what promises to be another fantastic performance at the Arts Center and relive the songs from the 70’s featuring the music of the Bee Gees.
The story is about a 19 year old Brooklyn ladies’ man, Tony Manero, whose weekends are spent at the local disco where he can forget about his dead-end job. In the midst of his passion for dancing at the club, Tony finds himself caught up in a love triangle with his ex-girlfriend and new girlfriend, Stephanie. Some of the hits at the performance will be classics such as “Staying Alive”, “Boogie Shoes”, “Tragedy”, “More Than a Woman”, and “How Deep is Your Love”. This show will also feature American Idol Season 12 Winner Candice Glover performing.
June 21, 2018 - History Making Our Future
Randolph RussellThe Rotary Do you know the difference between a Senator and a Congressman? How many of our South Carolina Senators and Congressmen can you name? If you are a little unsure or completely stumped, you are not alone. The US Department of Education found that only 12 percent of high school seniors were proficient in American History.
Randolph Russell is passionate about our history and is making it his business to help educate all of us; he is the author of “American History In No Time”. He wrote this book to provide the basics of American history in a quick and easy way that most anyone can comprehend.
June 14, 2018 - Bringing Worlds Together
Federico and Baka (Exchange Students)The Rotary Exchange program is the experience of a lifetime for a young person. Exchanges are offered to students, ages 15 to 19 years old and are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in more than 100 countries. Student unlock their true potential as they develop lifelong leadership skills, learn a new language and culture, build lasting friendships with young people from around the world and become global citizens. Our exchange program lasts a full academic year and students attend Hilton Island HS and live with local host parents.
The Rotary provides room and board for the exchange students, a monthly stipend for day to day expenses, as well as any required program expenses, but students are responsible for their travel expenses, insurance, ensuring they have the proper documents and extra spending money they need during their year abroad.
May 31, 2018 - Take It Outside!
Dr Jean FruhThe Club was pleased to host Dr. Jean Fruh of the Outside Foundation, a non-profit organization that sprang from Outside Hilton Head (“OHH”), an outdoor outfitter business that will be familiar to most island residents. Doctor Fruh, who received her B.A. in physical education from Springfield College and her doctorate from the University of Virginia, was a kayak instructor for OHH when she was tapped to serve as Executive Director of the Foundation, the primary goal of which is to involve children in protecting the environment and make them good stewards of nature and the ecosystem. As part of this effort, the Foundation (which was founded in 2013) sponsors many projects, such as beach clean-ups, charter fishing for the Boys and Girls Club, oyster roast and water festival fundraisers and the like.
Doctor Fruh went through the SOP in place for the collection shells, and then described how they are put into bags for transport to various locations for placement offshore. Three hundred oyster bags are needed to rebuild one reef; in turn, one reef will produce 24,000 new oysters. So, the next time you are enjoying a few tasty oysters on the half-shell, remember that your leftovers are helping to sustain our island home. In other words: good job!
May 24, 2018 - SCORE for The Life of Your Business
Frank LipariFrank Lipari, Business Mentor, gave us an overview of what SCORE is, what it does, and how it can help small businesses in our area. SCORE is a partner with the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Small Business Administration SCORE offers free, confidential business counseling to small business clients in Beaufort, Colleton, Japer, and Hampton Counties
SCORE has 40 counselors ready to work with you on a wide range of business issues. They have offices in Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island. They can meet you on site, at one of the chamber offices or anywhere. They are able to work with those starting a new business, have an existing business, and they also work with non-profit organizations. SCORE has over 300 chapters with over 13,000 counselors throughout the United States.
May 17, 2018 - A Musical Trip to Argentina
Kathi BatesonRotarian Kathi Bateson gave us a brief overview of what’s happening at The Arts Center. She commented that they are really reaching out to the Latino community to encourage their involvement in the theater.
She also shared that they are hard at work planning performances for next year. Thus far, “Amadeus” will be the opening show (not a musical) and their holiday show will be “American in Paris”.
Currently, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is presenting the musical “Evita”. A British musical, it was the first to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical. “Evita focuses on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the ruthlessly ambitious second wife of Argentine president Juan Peron, and follows her early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death.” Kathy pointed out that this performance is ‘operatic’ in that there are almost no speaking parts which can be quite challenging for both the cast and orchestra. She then introduced the actors portraying Eva and Juan Peron and Che, a few of the cast members, who entertained us and gave us a glimpse of this innovative performance. “Evita” will be at The Arts Center until May 27th with performances at 8pm Tuesdays-Saturdays along with some Sunday show times. Be sure to go to www.artshhi.com for more details and to book your ticket. This is a show you don’t want to miss!
The Arts Center is also hosting several exciting Summer Camps which include: Take The Stage!, Mixed-Up Master Pieces, Kids n’ Clay, Theatre Camp, and STEAM Camp. If you have children or perhaps visiting grand-children this summer, be sure to check their website for more details and to sign up
May 10, 2018 - Hope -- Potential -- Inspired...
Dr Anna PonderThese are three words that describe how Rotarians can feel about our community’s future after meeting today’s scholarship recipients. The scholarship committee was determined to “make a positive impact” in the future of these young people as they reviewed the 31 applications received this year. A total of $13,000 was awarded by this year’s scholarship committee, with a promise to two of them of additional financial aid over their next 3 years if they maintain a 3.0 GPA. Our club will provide $1,000 to TCL to award two $500 scholarships.
The program began with an inspirational talk by Dr. Anna Ponder from USCB. Dr. Ponder shared USCB currently offer degrees in seventeen bachelor programs and two masters programs. USCB is the fifth fastest growing university in the US. USCB focuses their program offerings on the industries that serve the lowcountry, thus creating a local professional workforce. Dr. Ponder’s main message was directed at the students, explaining they are not going to school to get a job, but to learn how to think and to become life-long learners.
February 22, 2018 - Les Miserables at Hilton Head Prep
Peggy Trecker WhiteHelen Ryan introduced Peggy Trecker White, the Director of Les Miserables and some of the cast for this great production being put on by Hilton Head Prep. We were graced by 4 outtakes from the overall performance just to give us a small sample of the overall production. They all did a great job and left us wanting to make sure we support this undertaking.
This performance is an all-school performance of Victor Hugo’s landmark novel about social change and political revolution in 19th century France. It details the trials of France’s lower class and exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit. Its uplifting message of hope, its grad epic tale and glorious music has made it the longest running musical of all time.
February 15, 2018 - Music To Our Ears
Steve WilmotIt’s always enlightening and entertaining when one of our own speak to the Club. This week was doubly so because we had two members, Mary Briggs and Mario Incorvaia, who shared the exciting new plans and programs of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. As everyone in and around Hilton Head knows, there has been much “talk” about the future of our arts programs. Congratulations to Mary, Mario and the orchestra board for moving beyond the “talk” and putting a plan for their future in place.
For more than 30 years, the orchestra has performed traditional music, in a traditional setting with a traditional schedule, offering memberships, sponsorships and classic orchestra entertainment. Two new programs have emerged from these focus groups that have strengthened the symphony and will continue to grow and expand. Mario expanded on the details of both areas - the youth programs and relcation to 7 Dragoon Road.
February 1, 2018 - 50 Years of a Great Heritage
Steve WilmotThe Club was thrilled to host guest speaker Steve Wilmot, the Tournament Director of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by Boeing. Steve has been with the RBC Heritage for over thirty years, and the upcoming Heritage will be his twenty-second as Director.
A part of the PGA Tour, the annual Heritage Event held on Hilton Head Island is like none of the other forty-one PGA events, and has been host over the years to notables including Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love, III, Jim Furyk and Nick Faldo. This year, though, Steve promises an extra special celebration: the Heritage celebrates its fiftieth year with 2018’s theme, “Cheers to 50 Years!” The ‘Action Plan’ for the fifty-year celebration includes a new logo, PGA Tour content and merchandise, special sponsorships from Coca-Cola and Michelob, bringing prior Heritage winners in as guests for this year’s opening and other events and the unveiling of the Harbourtown plaid lighthouse on February 18 (but this is a secret divulged to Club members only, so keep it under your plaid hat!). .
So prepare to celebrate this year’s Heritage, mark your calendars for April 9-15, and get ready to shout “Cheers to 50 Years!”
January 25, 2018 - A Great Race, A Great Experience
Mark Piekarski & Janennel“Learning on the fly and enjoying every minute of it! Mark Piekarski and his navigator (fiancé) Janennel shared their experiences from the 2016 Great Race. No matter the route, Great Race participants viewed the most amazing scenery this country has to offer, and toured some of the coolest back roads to get there. These pre-World War II cars aren’t exactly cut out for interstate driving, so the intricate routes were designed to suit antique cars and their capabilities, in terms of speed, and durability. Mike and Janennel raced their 1947 Ford “Super Deluxe” Convertible from San Rafael, CA to Moline, Il, across the historic Lincoln Highway. They had two goals – 1) Don’t get lost and 2) Finish!
There’s no question that the camaraderie among Great Race participants is the most incredible aspect of the event. No matter your background, culture or chosen race vehicle, the playing field is totally equal when you consider the reason all these racers come together. It’s all about spending time with like-minded folks, and getting to know one another in a grand journey across our United States. Ordinary car guys are treated as celebrities and heroes, signing autographs and answering countless questions from people who greatly admire their efforts in this wonderful race. Congratulations to Mark and Janennel for not getting lost and finishing the race—and seemingly still enjoying each other’s company! .
January 11, 2018 - Bringing Our History Alive
Hilton Head Island High School Choir“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” (Marcus Garvey) We heard about the long and short term goals of our own history, Mitchelville, from the new Executive Director, Ahmad Ward. Mitchelville is not just an important piece of local history, but has important historical value to our country. The Mitchelville Preservation Project is saving and reestablishing this valuable site.
Mitchelville was the first self-governed freeman’s town in the US. In 1862, shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed -- while most of the African-American slave population was still trying to adjust to the idea of their new post-war freedom -- the people of Mitchelville were busy creating a completely new, self-governed culture that would be the guidepost for generations to follow. It’s a story as old and as rich as the soil itself; a testament to the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of our nation’s very first freedmen, and thanks to The Mitchelville Preservation Project, today, America can relive it. .